Monday, October 7, 2013

Meatless Monday Ideas

Today, I wanted to emphasis the trend "Meatless Monday's" and incorporate a few meatless recipes.  If you are not already familiar with Meatless Monday, it is an international campaign encouraging people to not eat meat on Monday as a way to improve their healthy and the health of the planet.  Studies have shown there are several benefits to going meatless once a week including preventing conditions such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, limit water usage, and help reduce fossil fuel dependence.
Here are some great ideas you can try today!

Instant oatmeal with nuts and dried cranberries
Low-fat yogurt layered with crunchy cereal or granola and fruit
Almond butter spread on a bagel with banana slices

Veggie Sandwich. Slice tomato, pepper, onion, cucumber, and avocado in a whole grain pita
Large salad with dried cranberries, nuts, fruit or tofu
Veggie burger with mushroom, tomato, and lettuce on a whole-grain bun
Peanut butter and banana sandwich with carrots and celery
Chili made with beans and vegetables for an extra crunch with cornbread

Tofu and veggie stir-fry with brown rice
Whole-grain pasta with tomato sauce plus vegetables (eggplant, mushroom, tomatoes, peppers, and onions)
Taco or burrito filled with beans and vegetables or tofu
Veggie pizza topped with tofu
Tomato soup and whole-grain crackers

dried fruit
trail mix
low-fat or fat-free yogurt
hummus and pita wedges
smoothie made with frozen berries and banana

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